Justin Bieber has been baptized by Pastor Carl Lentz in New York City after controversial videos from the singer's past were recently leaked online.
According to TMZ, Bieber was seen being baptized by the "Apostle of Cool" Pastor, Carl Lentz, in a bathtub after previously studying the Bible with him for an entire week.
Two videos were recently leaked online where Bieber made a number of jokes that some are calling racist. The jokes were made in regards to African-Americans and joining the Klu Klux Klan. However, it has emeged that the videos were made a long time ago - the first video was made when he was 14-years-old, and the second when he was 15-years-old.
Justin Bieber's longtime friend Usher Raymond defended his friend's character in a recent social media post.
"At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgment, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn't always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist," wrote Usher via Instagram on June 7, when he posted a photo of himself and Bieber from many years ago.
"What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes."
In addition, Bieber's manager Scooter Braun also came to defense of his client regarding the recent controversy surrounding the 20-year-old Canadian performer.
"Some mistakes have no excuses," wrote Braun on Instagram on June 4. "They are just wrong. But how a man reacts to those mistakes... How he owns it and learns from it... That defines him more than the mistake itself."
Bieber issued the following statement regarding his previous controversial comments.
"I'm very sorry," said Bieber in a statement. "I take all my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable behavior."